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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)




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John Ford directed this distinguished movie, the first mainstream western to feature an African-American hero. The tale opens as 9th-Cavalry Sergeant Rutledge is tried for raping his commanding officer's daughter and then killing the CO. His tale is then told in flashback. The story is an interesting examination of subtle racism and it is also a tribute to the courageous black men who rode in the 9th Cavalry.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Willis Goldbeck, James Warner Bellah
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


Woody Strode
as Sgt. Braxton Rutledg...
Jeffrey Hunter
as Lt. Tom Cantrell
Constance Towers
as Mary Beecher
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Cordelia Fosgat...
Juano Hernandez
as Sgt. Matthew Luke Sk...
Willis B. Bouchey
as Col. Otis Fosgate
Carleton Young
as Capt. Shattuck
Judson Pratt
as Lt. Mulqueen
Bill Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
William Henry
as Capt. Dwyer
Walter Reed
as Capt. MacAfee
Chuck Hayward
as Capt. Dickinson
Mae Marsh
as Nellie
Fred Libby
as Chandler Hubble
Charles Seel
as Dr. C.J. Eckner
Toby Richards
as Lucy Dabney
Jan Styne
as Chris Hubble
Cliff Lyons
as Sam Beecher
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Estelle Winwood
as Spectator
Eva Novak
as Spectator
Shug Fisher
as Mr. Owens
Jan Stine
as Chris Hubble
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Critic Reviews for Sergeant Rutledge

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Extraordinary Western works at all levels, as rousing story telling, visual beauty and Civil Rights drama.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Noted as the first major Hollywood western to feature an African-American hero.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Sergeant Rutledge

now i know where Mel Brooks got idea 4 colored sheriff in 'blazing saddles' this is 1st major western to feature a black lead character



"Why, you cheap, contemptible, tin plated, book soldier!"-Mary Beecher (Contance Towers)

Western courtroom drama, with the defendent being...a black man.

FilmGrinder S.
FilmGrinder Stone

Great courtroom drama with the action unfolding in a manner most fitting. Woody Strode excels here as the title character with lots of social commentary on the Civil Rights movement of the time this film was made. I got chills when the soldiers sing about Captain Buffalo during one scene.

Sergeant Rutledge Quotes

Col. Otis Fosgate: Uphill... moving target... service pistol... I might have missed him myself.
– Submitted by David B (4 years ago)
Lt. Tom Cantrell: Well, that closes our book Miss Beecher!
– Submitted by Thomas Y (4 years ago)

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